How do I see which friends are active on Facebook?

This is about using messages on Facebook. For help with the Messenger app or messenger.com, visit the Messenger Help Center.
To see which friends are active in chat:
  1. From your Facebook account, go to Contacts on the right side.
  2. On the list of names, find people with a or a recent time next to their names. This means they are active or have been recently active on Facebook or Messenger.
If you don't see next to a person's name, it means they have turned off their Active Status feature in their settings. When your Active Status is turned on, you'll also appear active and currently in the same chat as your friends and contacts or display a recently active time on this profile.
Learn how to turn off your Active Status. You can also block messages from specific people so they can't see your Active Status.